Copperplate

(Maps) Lancashire : 14 items
R. Blome    Britannia 1673
£250
23 x 32cm


Originally intended as volume 3 of a larger cartographic project (The English Atlas), Richard Blome's Britannia was published alone in 1673. A rare second edition was issued in 1677. This Lancashire map is from the first edition of the work, and was dedicated to William Stanley, 9th. Earl of Derby and Lord Lieutenant of the county of Lancashire. In return for his patronage of Blome's project Lord Stanley received this dedication on the county map, and also appeared in the list of the nobility and gentry of the county, his coat of arms being further included amongst the 816 illustrated in the volume. Modern hand colour.
Ref: LAN 015
 
H. Moll    A Set of Fifty New and Correct Maps of the Counties of England and Wales / A New Description of England and Wales 1724-33
£145
19 x 32cm


Herman Moll's maps of the English and Welsh counties were originally designed to illustrate the topographical work entitled A New Description of England and Wales which was first issued in 1724. The publishers (Moll himself, the Bowles brothers and C. Rivington) decided to also put them out as an atlas volume without text, which also appeared in 1724 under the title A Set of Fifty New and Correct Maps of the Counties of England and Wales. There were various later editions of both formats, the last in 1753. This example bears the plate number 46 which dates it to one of the earlier atlas editions of 1724 or 1739, or to the serialised re-issue of A New Description ... in 1733. Supplied mounted and ready to frame.
Ref: LAN 006
 
T. Kitchin    The Antiquities of England and Wales c1789 (1750)
£60
16x 20cm


This map was first published in the November 1750 edition of the London Magazine, which between 1747 and 1754 issued a complete set of English county maps by Thomas Kitchin. The maps were later re-published by Alexander Hogg in Boswell's Antiquities of England & Wales, initially in partwork from c 1787-9, and then in several complete editions of the work up to 1798. This example of the Lancashirel map is from the first complete edition of Boswell's Antiquities dating from c1789. Mounted.
Ref: LAN 017
 
J. Cary    Camden's Britannia 1806 (1789)
£80
37 x 52.5cm


Camden's Britannia was first published in 1586. County maps by Kip and Hole were first added in 1607, being supplanted by those of Robert Morden for the 5 editions from 1695 to 1772. In 1789 a new translation of the work by Richard Gough was published by T. Payne and G. & J. Robinson with updated and modernised maps by John Cary. The same maps were also later used in Cary's New British Atlas of 1805. They can be found uncoloured, with outline colour and with full wash colour. This example is from the second Gough edition of Britannia, published in 1806, and the maps are in full wash colour - the most desirable state. Repairs to a couple of tears at folds, one slightly impinging the printed area.
Ref: LAN 332
 
J. Lodge    Untitled Atlas of the English Counties c1795
£125
26.5 x 32cm


This was one of a set of county maps engraved by John Lodge and issued between 1787 and 1790 in The Political Magazine, and Parliamentary, Naval, Military and Literary Journal, published initially by John Murray, and later by R. Butters. The maps were subsequently collected together and re-issued as an atlas (without title page) around 1795. For this atlas edition the imprint with the publication date and engraver's and publisher's signatures was removed from the maps. This example is from the atlas edition. The maps are well engraved in the plainer style then coming into vogue. They are uncommon, and sought by collectors.
Ref: LAN 011
 
C. Smith    New English Atlas 1808 (1804)
£125
44.5 x 50cm


Charles Smith was a successful London publisher and map-seller, whose work is stylistically very similar to that of John Cary. His large format New English Atlas first came to market in 1804, but many of the maps have also been found in folding format and may have been sold individually before the publication of the atlas. Smith's maps were well designed and accurate, making use of the large scale county surveys of the previous half-century. The atlas was a commercial success and was up-dated and re-published regularly until c1865 (the latter editions produced by lithographic transfer). This example is from the 1808 second edition, and is in bright and original full colour.
Ref: LAN 334
 
B. Capper    Topographical Dictionary of the UK 1808
£18
10 x 18cm


Benjamin Pitts Capper was the author of this topographical directory, first published by R. Phillips in 1808. The maps were engraved, and possibly drawn by H. Cooper. Later editions of the work carry the imprint of G.and W.B. Whittaker who re-published the book from 1825-34. This example is from the first edition of 1808, with the hundreds shown in original, full wash colour.
Ref: LAN 335
 
J. Duncan    A Complete County Atlas of England and Wales 1840-45 (1825)
£65
34 x 43.5cm


Coloured. These maps were first published in 1825, and probably sold singly. In 1833 they were re-published by James Duncan in a thematic atlas to illustrate the representative changes brought about by the 1832 Reform Act. There were later re-issues in 1840 and 1845 with the addition of railways, and this map dates from one of these editions. A little light offsetting.
Ref: LAN 1105
 
E. Bowen    Large English Atlas c1767-79
£425
53 x 69cm


Original colour. Dissected and linen-backed, folding into its original slip case. Publication of the maps that eventually made up the Large English Atlas began in 1749. Lancashire was published in c1752, with the full Atlas being completed in 1760. Maps were also sold singly, either as full sheets or sometimes dissected and linen-backed as this example. The imprint of Carington Bowles and Robert Sayer dates this example to c 1767-79.
Ref: LAN 1173
 
B. Clarke R. Rowe    The British Gazetteer 1852 (1816)
£40
33.5 x 41cm


These maps first appeared in Rowe's English Atlas of 1816, being subsequently acquired by a succession of later publishers and used in a variety of their works. They were modified and updated during this time. This example is the second lithographic transfer for Clarke's British Gazetteer, published in 1852 by H.G. Collins. Folded and trimmed (with minor loss) within top right hand border to fit the volume. Short repaired tear impinging c 0.5 cm within the top centre border.
Ref: LAN 1174
 
R. Blome    England Exactly Described 1715 (1681)
£90
19 x 24cm


Blome's smaller series of county maps have a puzzling history. They seem to have been initiated before his larger maps for Britannia, but were not published until 1681 when they appeared under the title Speed's Maps Epitomiz'd. Blome re-issued them twice before his death in 1705. The plates were subsequently acquired by Thomas Taylor who brought out a new edition in 1715 titled England Exactly Described.Taylor removed Blome's dedications on a number of maps including this one of Lancashire, replacing it with additional place names in the top right corner. There were further editions in 1715 (by Taylor), and in c1731 (by Thomas Bakewell). These later editions had roads added to the maps. This example of the Lancashire map is from the 1715 edition of the work. Original hand colour.
Ref: LAN 020
 
G. Bacon    New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas of the British Isles c1884-7 (c1862)
£20
45.5 x 65cm


Edward Weller first drew this two-sheet map for the Weekly Dispatch newspaper as part of a series published between 1857 and 1863. The subsequent history of the maps includes re-issues in The Dispatch Atlas in 1863, Cassell's Complete Atlas in 1863, Cassell's British Atlas in 1865, Bacon's County Atlas in 1869, and Bacon's New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas from 1883. This example is dated from railway evidence to one of the editions of the last-named between 1884 and 1887. All editions of the maps were by lithographic transfer. Original colour.
Ref: LAN 1331
 
J. Blaeu    Theatrum Orbis Terrarum 1645/1648/1662 (1645)
£495
50 x 39.5cm


The Blaeu family were one of the leading Dutch map producers of the 17th century. Their major work was a multi volume world atlas initiated by Willem Blaeu and expanded by his son Joan. Their maps were beautifully designed and engraved, and are often found with original colour, making them most desirable to collectors. 1645 saw the first publication of volume 4 of the atlas, containing maps of England and Wales. There were several re-issues between then and 1672 when most of Blaeu's plates were lost in a fire which engulfed his Amsterdam premises. A good example, possibly in original colour. Latin text to verso dates the map to the editions of 1645, 1648, or 1662.
Ref: LAN 012
 
R. Creighton S. Lewis    View of the Representative History of England 1835
£24
17 x 23.5cm


This work was published in 1835 as a companion volume to Lewis's Topographic Dictionary. It contains county and borough maps, drawn by R. Creighton and engaved by J.& C. Walker, and was designed to show the electoral and boundary changes effected by the 1832 Reform Act. There were 2 issues of the work in 1835 and 1840, this example of the county map being from the 1835 first edition. Original outline colour.
Ref: LAN 003